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Still Shooting At 87

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from the Journal News,

Either of the following probably should preclude Frank Shelton from playing hockey: It's summer, and he's 87. But while the Monday morning pickup games Shelton plays at Sport-O-Rama in Monsey with the FDNY/NYPD Hockey Club of Rockland are on hiatus until after Labor Day, he's still playing twice a week in a rec league at Montclair State. "I marvel at him, you know what I mean?" said 74-year-old Gene Downey of Stony Point, who plays with Shelton at Sport-O-Rama. "To get to that age and play, never mind doing anything else. You don't find many people like that."
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Souray Wants To Remain A Canadien

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Hockey season must be near: the rumour mill recycled the idea last week that Canadiens defenceman Sheldon Souray wants to be traded. "These 'confirmed' reports about me asking for a trade?" Souray said yesterday. "I've never seen (Canadiens general manager) Bob Gainey confirm them, and I've not been called, nor has my agent, to confirm them. "So I guess they're being confirmed by the people at the water cooler, and that's unfortunate. You have a lot of people who are influenced by what they read in the papers, which is a downside of playing in Montreal."
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Spending Habits

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from Al Strachan of the Torornto Sun,

Just think back to the pre-lockout era, when owners spent more than they said they had. Then, along comes the lockout and the players sign a deal which says, in effect: "You can still spend stupidly, but if you do, we'll reimburse you." So, it's a surprise that the owners are over-spending again? The wise GMs saw this coming and locked up their most valuable players when they had a chance. Others waited, clinging to the faint hope that this time, the owners might succumb to an acute attack of common sense.
read on

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Every Team Is In The Same Boat

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Adam Proteau of the Hockey News takes on Sens GM John Muckler-

But it seems as if the owners didn’t cream the players’ union enough for Muckler’s liking. Perhaps forcing the players into indentured servitude, as was the case in the NHL’s formative years, is what he has in mind. Perhaps he wants GMs to add “arbitrator of player contracts” to their job descriptions. We’ll never know until Muckler reveals his blueprint for building the perfect financial beast, and there’ll be no breath-holding advised while we wait for that press conference.
read on for much more...

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Tracking “Stanley”

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What are some of the sights "Stanley" has seen since Carolina took possession of it... from Canada.com,

The Stanley Cup was awarded to the winners of a hard-fought ball hockey game in this sleepy community about an hour's drive east of Toronto on Wednesday. It was Carolina Hurricanes winger Justin Williams' day with the oldest trophy in professional sports and he shared it with a group of old friends, who played the early-morning game in the local arena after rain kept them from staging it in a park.
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About Time

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It is not often the NHL is mentioned in Time Magazine, and to top it off, in a postive light. Comparing FIFA to some of the other professional sports leagues, they mentioned the NHL... from Time,

But instead of dealing with these problems, as other sports have, FIFA, soccer's governing body, is a world leader in bloviation over action. The NBA outlawed trash talk and instituted a flagrant-foul rule to deal with dirty players. The National Hockey League, hardly a sport for wimps, also cracked down on thugs. The NHL decided to enforce the rules on hooking, holding and interfering when it became apparent that the chippy play was ruining the game by preventing players from using their talents--you can't skate with a stick up your behind. The result: when the refs cracked down, there was a lot of whining about the loss of "old school" hockey, but once everyone got used to the fact that the rules would be enforced, the game improved.

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Maybe Tomorrow

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from TSN,

The Dallas Stars remain in the hunt for free agent centre Eric Lindros but, contrary to early reports, have not signed him - yet. Earlier in the day, sources told TSN no deal had been reached with Lindros, but the Stars were hopeful something would be resolved in the next 24 hours.

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Detroit Area Comcast HD Subscribers

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Finally received an email from Comcast regarding their position with Fox Sports Detroit and HD.

Regarding the Fox Sports HD channel for our Comcast High-Definition Television service (HDTV)- At this time, we do not have an agreement with Fox Sports Network to carry their HD signals. Until negotiations are complete, we will not be able to add this channel to our HDTV lineup. A date is not available at this time.
No earth shattering news, and I would again suggest contacting both Comcast and FSN to make your feelings known.

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The End Of A Broadcasting Era

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from Sam Rosen of MSG Network,

Well, it's the end of an era. For 20 years we worked hand and glove and it was just a great personal relationship and professional relationship. I couldn't have asked for anything better. As far as coming to work, it was great. I looked forward to every single game and working with a man who clearly was number one in his profession. No analyst in the history of hockey broadcasting comes close to J.D. He is the epitome of the hockey analyst and just a great person to have around.
more (at the bottom of his column)...plus Sam takes a look at Shanahan, other Ranger moves and Chris Pronger...

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Summer Outlook

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A good, overall recap of what each team has done this summer and how much their salary commitments are- from the Province and Canada.com,

MINNESOTA WILD $38,710,833 The Wild have come out of nowhere with bold moves that have reshaped the franchise. It was hard not to notice when they traded for Pavol Demitra and united him with Marian Gaborik, who they then signed to a three-year, $19-million deal. They locked up Keith Carney and landed stalwart Kim Johnsson. They also managed to woo right winger Mark Parrish with a $2.25-million-a-year contract.
read on for the rest of the teams...

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